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Sserwanja, BBC Journalists Were Found With Gov’t Drugs – Police

Police have opened up on the arrest of journalists who it says are being charged with unlawful possession of government drugs.

Kampala police have in detention  5 people who include journalists, a driver and ministry of health official.

These according to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango were found with drugs which belong to the Government of Uganda.

Onyango identified some of the arrested as Godfrey Badebye, Shafik Kisaame and Richard Kaweesa.

Police this morning also arrested Vivian SSerwanja, wife of NBS journalist Solomon Serwanja, who they picked from her house in Mukono which officers raided last night.

Mr Serwanja was not found at the house.

Police says three of the suspects were caught red handed buying the government labeled drugs including Lumefantine and Hepatis B vaccine in Makindye.

Pressed by reporters at CPS, on why officers only arrested the buyers and not the sellers, Onyango said noncommittedly, “Perhaps the sellers were our operatives.”

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“When we questioned the suspects they told us there was more drugs at the home of Mr Sserwanja in Mukono,” Onyango explained.

“Our officers went there at night; we did nothing because it was dark; we only made sure that no one entered the gate. Sserwanja at the time wasn’t home. We tried to call him so we can search his house. He told us he was coming, so we waited till morning and he didn’t show up.”

“We called him again and he said he was sending his lawyers. We waited for them but they didn’t come. Since we already had a search warrant, we started searching the home in the presence of his wife and other people including the area LC chairman.”

Onyango says police found a total of 14 boxes of drugs with government seals.

“We brought the wife to CPS where she is detained and we are still looking for Sserwanja, to tell us what the medicine was doing at his home,” he said.

“We are opening charges of illegal possession of classified drugs. The file will be sent to DPP to advise us.”

Mr Serwanja’s employers, NBS say he was working with the BCC journalists Muhammed Kassim and Rashid Kaweesa on an investigation project.

 

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